19 DECEMBER 2008

Life & Art is a new program series at V2_ focused around the intertwinement of art and life. Asking whether art can be lived or a life can be art takes on a new
meaning in an age of genetic technology, financial crisis and living art.

TransAgriculture is a one-day manifestation featuring penetrating introductions to the field, lectures on guerrilla and avant-gardening, and bioart forms. Lectures and action with guests including:

Prof. René Boomkens, cultural philosopher

Bruce Sterling, author

Prof. Natalie Jeremijenko, avant-gardening

Richard Reynolds, guerrilla gardener

Michiko Nitta, Extreme Green Guerrilla

Moderator: Sebastian Olma

Life & Art 1: TransAgriculture

Banks are falling, the temperature is rising, the food in our supermarkets is expensive and can’t even be trusted. We are witnessing the bankruptcy of industrialized agriculture and the notion that we can control nature, culture and society. But think of all the new opportunities this creates for artists! The processes by which we
sustain and shape our lives simply can’t be controlled from the top down: they work from the bottom up. All modest activities at the micro scale interact and coalesce into the macro systems by which our world is organized. Messy actions downstream lead to solid connections upstream.

This new bottom-up paradigm of interactivity, emergence and complexity is now becoming vitally important in agriculture as well. It strongly informs environmental questions and green thinking. Urban agriculture, homegrown fashion, advanced bioart and guerrilla gardening are some of the themes arising. Other tools for gaining access to the
self-organization of life are genetic technology and organic growing. In our research program /Life & Art 1: TransAgriculture/, we use today’s rapidly transforming agriculture as the starter engine – in a technological, artistic, social, cultural, political, economic and gastronomic sense – to challenge artists to harness the full potential
of things to come. Grow your own future!

View Reader texts: http://files.v2.nl/portal/reader_text01.rtf

This event will be streamed live at http://live.v2.nl